December 15th, 2012
Analog Motorcycles transformed a Yamaha XS400 into a beautifully minimalist vintage machine that is a cross between a cafe racer and a universal standard. The attention to detail is what makes The Messenger a stand-out custom motorcycle.
Tony Prust is Analog's builder of the Yamaha. It was designed in concert with the buyer, Mike Tomasian as a gift for Tomasian's wife. Several ideas were run by Prust as he picked out the key features.
Transparent brass powder coat was used on the wheel lacing and other parts such as the brake arm. Brass-colored pin-striping and accents carry the theme through the design of the motorcycle. The black wheel hubs, black powered-coated engine parts, and tall black-wall tires set off the touch of brass for a classic finish. The wheel rims themselves are polished aluminum as is much of the engine.
The seat is made of vinyl and Alcantara, which is a man-made swede material. The brass taillight is integrated into the seat itself. The hand grips are also Alcantara. The matching side-cover cases fit perfectly behind the carbs.
A bobbed front fender and shortened headlight finish out the design. The electronics formerly tucked into the headlight needed to be relocated to the area under the fuel tank.
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